Pet Dental Care: Healthy Mouths, Happy Pets
Gum disease is the most common clinical condition we see in pets, but it's also entirely preventable with routine dental care. Our hospital in Canton adheres to AAHA's dentistry guidelines to offer the most complete dental services including oral exams, cleanings, dental X-rays and more. We recommend daily and professional care so your pet can enjoy a clean mouth and a happier, healthier life.
Our Dental Protocols and Services
Comprehensive pet dental care involves several steps to ensure optimal health for every patient. We follow AAHA's recommendations to provide the following professional services:
Pets of all ages need to undergo oral exams during their yearly visits. These exams include checking for retained baby teeth, swelling, plaque and tartar buildup, oral tumors, and gum disease. A cursory exam can be conducted while your pet is fully awake, but a more complete exam should be done while your pet is sedated prior to their cleaning procedure.
Before your pet's professional cleaning, they need to be examined and may also need blood work and X-rays to check their health.
General anesthesia is the best way to get the most thorough dental exam and cleaning. This ensures the safest, most thorough cleaning possible to remove plaque and tartar both above and below your pet's gum line.
Similar to human dentistry, we use piezoelectric and hand scaling instruments to remove hard calculus from your pet's teeth. Each tooth is then polished to smooth out scratches and dents in the enamel.
We recommend routine digital dental X-rays to fully evaluate your pet's entire mouth. The images will show us if your pet needs tooth extractions or if there is damage to the surrounding bone. Following extractions, we take X-rays to make sure no roots have been left behind.
To treat gum disease, we will need to temporarily fold the gums back from the teeth in order to access the roots and bone beneath. From there, we will perform any scaling or root planing necessary to clean the affected area and check for further damage.
Why Your Pet Needs Home Dental Care
Your role in your pet's dental care routine is just as, if not more, important than ours. Healthy habits start at home, and we can help by offering enzymatic dental products from our hospital. For optimal health, you should brush your pet's teeth at least once a day. If brushing is not an option, we recommend dental treats, a tartar control diet and dental wipes to remove plaque and bacteria.
Common Gum Disease Symptoms
Serious oral problems can reveal themselves in a variety of physical and behavioral signs, including:
- Abnormally bad breath
- Gums that are red, swollen and bleeding
- Loose, broken, and/or discolored teeth
- Decreased appetite
- Trouble eating and chewing
- No interest in chew toys or tugging games
- Excessive drooling
If it progresses, gum disease can affect your pet's heart, kidneys and liver. Please call us at (734) 844-8844 if you notice any of these signs in your pet.
Dr. Petty and his Arbor Pointe staff are so very compassionate and extremely professional! I’ve taken my dogs and cats here for years. The clinic is pristinely clean! I very much appreciate their excellent communication and total up to date knowledge for the needs of my fur babies! Highly recommend!
Jake was never a “normal” dog. Everything seemed to hurt or scare him. When my vet suggested I see Dr. Petty, I immediately made an appointment. Despite the hour trip, we have been seeing him ever since. Jake is a much happier boy. Now that Dr. Petty has cared for him, he is living his best life.
When the emergency veterinarian said my cat was going to die, I went to Dr. Petty. After a series of treatments, my cat lived 9 more years. Ever since, I have brought all my pets to Arbor Pointe. Dr. Petty is kind, compassionate, wicked smart, willing to think outside the box, and just a darn good veterinarian.